Has the Center for Leadership (CFL) had a positive impact on you? Share your enthusiasm and support your peers by becoming a Leadership Ambassador.
With guidance from program directors, you will help the Center reach more students and promote leadership dialogue across the university by developing new initiatives and networking with fellow student leaders to help advance CFL projects.
To carry out your mission, you’ll be appointed for one academic year and receive a quarterly stipend.
Does this sound like you? Get started by downloading the application.
Leadership Ambassadors often organize and host events that focus on specific topics, such as best practices, recruiting tactics or how to successfully collaborate. These workshops typically consist of a large group presentation and small group discussion, followed by leader-to-leader networking.
Mobilize Community to Action
Participants use Facebook, Twitter and other social media to mobilize the Northwestern community on topics ranging from leadership symposia, news about on-campus and local leadership initiatives, and activities of the Center for Leadership.
Leadership Ambassadors also administer the Leadership Ventures program, which provides grants of up to $3,000 for innovative and collaborative projects designed by Northwestern undergraduates.
Students will be chosen based on:
- Past involvement with the Undergraduate Leadership Program
- Commitment to the program’s principles and goals
- Ability to mobilize key groups of students as partners
- Overall team chemistry
- Breadth of reach across the entire university
During the academic year-long appointment, participants:
- Will receive a quarterly stipend
- Are expected to be available approximately five hours each week for the program, which includes four hours of independent or collaborative work and one hour for meetings
- Will meet as a group for one hour weekly meetings, along with the program director. These sessions will include brainstorming for future initiatives, updates on existing projects, topical workshops, and guest speakers.
Meet Our 2016-2017 Leadership Ambassadors
I chose to be a Leadership Ambassador because I’ve had such an incredible experience with the Leadership Center through coaching and the Leadership Certificate and I wanted to help other students learn about the opportunities the Center has. I’ve learned a great deal from my coaches and my fellow ambassadors, as well as about my own strengths in leadership. Being a Leadership Ambassador helps me interact with student leaders across campus, which is highly rewarding and gives me more insight into Northwestern. The Center provides wonderful opportunities for student leaders, and as a Leadership Ambassador, it’s really gratifying to promote the Center to help other student leaders grow.
Vinutha LakshminarayananI chose to be a Leadership Ambassador because it seemed like a natural extension of my leadership journey. I wanted to be involved in a more direct way with the implementation of existing initiatives and creation of new initiatives for the Center for Leadership. I enjoy being an Ambassador because I get to work on projects that relate to the whole campus, not just the business groups I'm involved with. I am really excited about the Leadership Ventures grant that can help student leaders receive the funding they need to kickstart their ideas into reality. This is a great way to connect with other student leaders and work closely with the Center for Leadership.
I chose to become a Leadership Ambassador because the Center for Leadership provided me with outstanding tools that I felt the entire campus should utilize. I am a true believer in planned personal growth and have a passion for helping others become the best versions of themselves that they can be. The Center for Leadership has many events and programs that anyone can benefit from and I am looking forward to spreading awareness and hopefully helping the overall success of the Center.
I became interested in becoming a Leadership Ambassador after going through the coaching and having one of my greatest mentors become an ambassador herself. I wanted others to have this experience by garnering new members for the program and spreading the word across campus about the different offerings from the Center for Leadership. The type of personal growth I know that people can reach through developing their leadership skills is something I am passionate about informing others of and helping them understand that being a leader is no small task. The programs that the Center for Leadership (CFL) offers have helped me realize how tough being a leader is, as well as how important it is to reflect on your actions and how one approaches working on a team. Many people don't think they're in a leadership position, but even if you are one of many members of a team, you are. If you are interested in anything the CFL offers, keep an open mind and give it a try!
I became interested in being a Leadership Ambassador after completing the Undergraduate Leadership Certificate and after having a great experience in Leadership Coaching. I have both worked with student leaders across campus and have served in leadership capacities in student organizations, and I recognize the value student leaders can realize from an exploration of their own leadership traits. The programs offered by the Center for Leadership provide an essential set of skills for enhancing the effectiveness of leaders, and will benefit not only the student individually, but their organizations overall.
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Ben WeinbergI chose to become a Leadership Ambassador because I am passionate about facilitating and fostering the development of Northwestern students as dynamic leaders in their academic and extracurricular pursuits, as well as in the campus community as a whole. As a Political Science major passionate about civic engagement and communication, my participation in the program has enhanced my understanding of and relationship with the communities around me. My favorite part of the experience is the role we are able to have in reaching new and diverse parts of campus - leadership means something unique for each student, and seeing those lessons and skills manifest themselves in the Northwestern community is incredibly rewarding. Currently, the Ambassador team and I are considering applicants for our Venture service, a program through which the Center for Leadership offers one-time funding and follow-up advising to undergraduates launching independent initiatives and projects. Selected applicants can receive up to $3000 to secure the resources necessary to turn their idea into reality. As an Ambassador for the Center for Leadership, I hope to do my best in continuing to make the Center's programs and projects as accessible and effective as possible for the undergraduate student body. The Ambassador program is a rewarding experience for any students passionate about improving their own leadership while working together with dynamic and driven teams all over campus.